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12:40 PM ET, September 10, 2014

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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Jay Carney joins CNN  —  Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will join CNN as a political commentator, the network announced Wednesday.  —  He will start Wednesday night as President Barack Obama makes a primetime statement about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant , Sam Feist …
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Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Report: Golf courses nixed President Obama  —  Some of New York's most exclusive golf clubs would not let President Barack Obama play over Labor Day weekend, according to a report.  —  The Trump National Golf Club, Winged Foot and Willow Ridge rejected requests to let Obama tee off …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama tells leaders he doesn't need their vote for ISIS campaign  —  President Obama told congressional leaders at a White House meeting on Tuesday he doesn't need their authorization to expand his military campaign against Islamic terrorists.  —  The president offered the assurance …
Politico:
GOP seizes on Islamic State in midterms
Discussion: Daily Kos and Associated Press
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
'Real Time"s Maher ‘could’ vote for Paul  —  Longtime viewers of Bill Maher on HBO's “Real Time” may be surprised to learn the liberal-leaning host, who makes a habit of skewering Republicans on a weekly basis, is “considering” casting a vote for one come 2016.  —  “Rand Paul is an interesting candidate to me.
Discussion: Mediaite and Hit & Run
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
No Fan Of Hillary, Bill Maher Says He Could Vote GOP In 2016
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Clinton allies distance ‘decisive’ Hillary from ‘passive’ Obama
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Ted Cruz: Amendment threatens SNL  —  Sen. Ted Cruz says the comedy of NBC's “Saturday Night Live” is at risk and creator Lorne Michaels could be thrown in jail if a proposed Constitutional amendment on campaign finance is passed.  —  “Congress would have the power to make it a criminal offense …
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CNN:
Could Cruz's immigration move lead to shutdown fight?
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Jonathan Strong / BREITBART.COM:
LETTER: HOLDER AIDE ACCIDENTALLY CALLS ISSA STAFF FOR HELP SPINNING IRS SCANDAL  —  A senior communications aide to Attorney General Eric Holder seemingly called House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa's staff by accident and asked for their help spinning new revelations about the IRS scandal …
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Issa: Holder spokesman caught red-handed
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
People hate the Republican Party.  But they really don't.  —  The reclamation project that is the Republican Party has long been stunted by one pesky fact: People freaking hate the Republican Party.  —  Well, kind of.  —  Poll after poll shows President Obama is unpopular …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
NBC News:
Terror Talk: Can Obama Turn Bad Polls Around With Speech?  —  A White House official tells NBC's Kristen Welker that President Obama will tell the American public “how the United States will pursue a comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS.
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Jessica Lahey / The Atlantic Online:
How Stephen King Teaches Writing  —  Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft has been a fixture in my English classroom for years, but it wasn't until this summer, when I began teaching in a residential drug and alcohol rehab, that I discovered the full measure of its worth.
Daily Mail:
The teacher (and English graduate) who admits: I'm illiterate - SARAH SMITH blames liberal education dogmas for creating a generation of hopelessly ill-equipped teachers  —  My hands were feeling clammy and beads of sweat broke out under my collar as I shifted nervously in my seat.  It was parents' evening.
New York Times:
Obama Ready to Authorize Airstrikes on ISIS in Syria  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is prepared to authorize airstrikes in Syria, a senior administration official said on Tuesday, taking the military campaign against the Sunni militant group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, into new and unpredictable terrain.
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Washington Post:
Obama ready to strike at Islamic State militants in Syria, he tells policy experts
Fox News:
Syria strategy 2.0: Obama to hit reset to counter growing ISIS threat
WSB-TV:
State launches fraud investigation into voter registration group  —  ATLANTA —  Channel 2 Action News has learned Georgia's secretary of state is investigating allegations of forged voter registration applications and demanding records from a voter registration group with ties to one of the state's highest ranking Democrats.
James Carville / The Hill:
GOP's Benghazi meter does not read victory  —  Just a tiny bit over a year ago I wrote a column for this publication indicating that the Republicans had not been right about a single thing so far this century.  Sports gamblers have a name for when you don't win a single bet over a weekend …
Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press:
US Rep. Tierney Concedes Defeat in Dem Primary  —  In a stunning defeat, nine-term incumbent U.S. Rep. John Tierney on Tuesday lost a bitter Democratic primary contest to political newcomer Seth Moulton in the state's 6th Congressional District.  —  Tierney is the first sitting Massachusetts congressman …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and WBUR
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Jessica Taylor / The Hill:
Tierney — fourth incumbent to go down
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Benjamin Domenech / Politico:
Beware GOP: Millennials Don't Like What We're Hearing  —  The Republican establishment seems unaware of the power of young libertarians.  —  Depending on which Republicans you listen to, the rise of libertarian views among millennial Americans is either nonexistent, a great threat to the country or both.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Justin Driver / The New Republic:
How Scalia's Beliefs Completely Changed the Supreme Court  —  And therefore, the country  —  Scalia: A Court of One by Bruce Allen Murphy (Simon & Schuster).  —  On October 15, 1987, as Justice Antonin Scalia settled into his second term at the Supreme Court, he emerged from conference …
Discussion: National Review
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Obama's Most Important Achievement in the Middle East  —  The president is a superior terrorist hunter.  He has also neutralized a profound existential threat to U.S. allies in the Middle East, and denied ISIS access to vast storehouses of deadly chemical weapons.  So why does he get no credit?
Discussion: The Week, Hot Air and New York Times
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Dick Cheney Is Still Right
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Trust in Federal Gov't on International Issues at New Low
Discussion: CBS DC and Politico
Daily Mail:
DAVID CAMERON: Our union is precious. Don't tear it apart
Politico:
2014 primary election: Gina Raimondo, Allan Fung win Rhode Island primaries
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Cheney Urges House G.O.P. to Abandon Isolationism
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Julie Wolfe / WXIA-TV:
Exclusive poll shows race for Governor tied
Discussion: Washington Post
Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
8 a.m. Is the Most Anxious Hour
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers and the End of Political Transparency
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Jobs data signal GOP victory
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Defeats Teachout, Liberal Rival, in the Democratic Primary
Discussion: Chalkbeat New York
Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Federal judges question why John Doe issue is before them
Discussion: Associated Press and Althouse